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Keeping a bladder record - why it's a good thing to do
Diane K Newman, RN-C, MSN, ANP posted:
If you are planning to see a health care professional about any type of overactive bladder or incontinence issue, it will be helpful for you to keep a bladder diary . As part of the diagnosis of your problem, you will be asked about your bladder and voiding symptoms since your pattern of voiding and urine leakage may suggest the type of incontinence you have. You should fill out a bladder diary for at least 1 but up to 3 days. These diaries can reveal obvious factors that can help define the problem—the diary can provide a "picture" of what is going on with your bladder including when you go to toilet to void, if you have urine leakage, and what you are drinking. When you bring a bladder diary with you, you can often begin treatment at the first medical visit since the problem may be well defined in your diary. Both you and your health care professional benefit from your efforts.
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JimG28 responded:
I started keeping one of these after going to the Doctor at his recommendation. He started me on medication and I have keep it faithfully for 8 months now. I find it a valuable tool in helping me deal with my problem. He finds it a good tool in determining my medication dosage. My medication has given me my life back.
Diane K Newman, RN-C, MSN, ANP replied to JimG28's response:
Thank you for your feedback about the bladder record—it can be a very helpful tool in determining the cause of your bladder control problem. I am glad you have found a successful solution.
JimG28 replied to Diane K Newman, RN-C, MSN, ANP's response:
It was my pleasure. I cannot express enough that it is an important tool for the doctor to use and help you to manage your problem.


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